HDTVs, projectors, and surround sound systems.
Leo talks with Scott about his new home wiring project, where he's wiring all his devices with cat6 ethernet. Scott says that the viewer wireless points you have, the better the quality you'll have, and wiring everything will make them play the best they can.
Ron can't watch Peacock on any device that he has, but he's heard he can "sideload" it onto his Amazon Firestick. Is that legal and safe? Leo says yes. It's perfectly fine, but there can be risky security-wise. Android, which Amazon's FireTV is based on, has a setting that he has to enable to allow downloads from something other than the Amazon app store or Google Play. Once he has enabled that, he can install it no problem. Just keep it up to date and don't get it from anyone other than the original developer. APK Mirror is the exception. It's generally safe to download from there.
Scott joins Leo to talk about the Helm Audio DB12 AAA pocket headphone amp. It uses THX amplifier technology. Noise measurements are far lower in total harmonic distortion than any chip-based amp. And while the price of the DB12AAA is $200, it does make a huge difference in audio from a mobile device. But since mobile phones have eliminated the headphone jack in favor of Bluetooth headphones, users would need an adapter to use it.
Scott joins Leo to talk about the latest wave of virtual trade shows and conventions that have caught on in 2020. Even the political conventions have caught on to this. The benefits are that you can watch the keynotes, sessions, and other conference opportunities when you want, and you don't catch COVID. The downside is the human interaction is limited. Check out his Interview on NET Critical Conversations here.
Thomas recently performed a walk across America and wrote a book while he did it. Now he wants to know what's the best video projector for his next project. Leo says that there's a lot of choices out there with a price range of $200-20,000. Leo says a laser projector is the best option. They'll be a little more expensive, but he won't be changing bulbs. Epson makes an excellent one for under $1,000. The Epson Home Cinema 1060 is around $650. The EF100 has streaming built-in. $999.
Scott joins Leo to talk about a pair of headphones he's been reviewing. They're called the Focale Stellia headphones and at $3000, they are easily the best sounding headphones he's ever used. The main word to describe them is CLARITY. These headphones are ideal for deep listening into complex mixes. The design "opens up" the recording and Leo mentions it gives each track or instrument some space to hear everything. But $3,000?!
Read Scott's review in the link above.
John has a 55" Samsung TV that's about eight years old. He also moved away from surround sound to a soundbar. But even though his TV is a smart TV, it won't accept the internet signal to stream. He talked to Samsung and after resetting several times, they decided his chip was defective. Leo says that doesn't mean he'll have to get a new TV. Those smart tv apps are terrible because they are never updated. He recommends getting a ROKU device and plugging that into the HDMI port. Let the Roku handle the stream. But don't get the stick, they tend to overheat.
Scott joins Leo to talk about the latest in trade shows he recently attended ... the virtual trade show. Scott says it was very well done, making it look like a virtual hotel/convention center with check-in spaces and dealer rooms. There were also keynote speeches and more. Over 5400 people were virtually attended, and Scott says the big advantages you can do online is that you can watch all the presentations on-demand. CES is doing a virtual conference this January. So this could be the beginning of how trade shows will be in the future.
Johnny has an Eero mesh router and is attaching his HD HomeRun DVR to his network through powerline networking. Will he have issues with configuring it? Leo says that the HDHomeRun software should do it automatically. But if he's doing it manually, he can go into Eero settings under devices and see the IP addresses of each device. But the HDHomeRun has automatic discovery. It should connect to the network on its own with no manual entering.
Scott joins Leo to talk about a big announcement in Home Theater. Scott wrote an article this week about the different technologies behind today's digital home theater, digital cinema, and education projectors. The three technologies include LCD, LCOS, and DLP. All three work roughly the same way with 1" screens with micropic pixels. Those screens are then projected through lenses onto the screen. LCOS tends to be more expensive than LCD or one chip DLP projectors.